St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby Fritz » Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:47 pm

Hello,
On this relatively cold morning, SLQ westbound 393 departed Island Pond at 0902 with the following:

GP40-2 3007
GP40-2 3008
GP40-2 3047
GP40-2 3035
14 centerbeam flats
5 NaClO3 hoppers
1 grain hopper
7 tank cars
25 propane cars

That's 52 cars total, all empties.

Two interesting things about this train: All four locomotives were powered GP40-2s and there were zero boxcars or loads in this train.
Have a great night,
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby Fritz » Fri Feb 24, 2017 3:23 pm

Hello,
Today's SLQ westbound 393 departed Island Pond relatively late at 1004 and arrived at the U.S./Canada border at 1100 with the following:

GP40-2 3007
GP40-2 3047
GP40-2 3008
GP40-2 3035
2 bulkhead flats
3 covered hoppers
4 NaClO3 hoppers
15 boxcars
6 hi-cube boxcars
19 tank cars
31 propane cars

That's 80 cars total, including 15 loads and 65 empties. At least this time round, there were quite a few boxcars, both loads and empties. Interestingly, they left ten or so centerbeam flats in Island Pond (and there were another 12-13 unloading there as well).
Have a great weekend,
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby S1f3432 » Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:39 pm

Back in January I remember seeing in the Maine Sunday Telegram an advertisement for the upcoming auction of the former UCF/New England Milling
facility on the Lewiston Branch north of Littlefields at Goldtwaite Rd. opposite the Auburn Trash Plant. I wondered at the time if there might be a
business opportunity handling and distributing grain to all the breweries that are popping up all over the place.... This morning driving down Poland
Rd. I noticed a semi loaded with what appeared to be scrap pulling out of Goldtwaite Rd.- hmmm... Investigating, I found the plant well along towards
being dismantled. One of the semis hauling the bits away belonged to Bell Farms and the way the pieces were stacked it looked like they were intended
to be reused somewhere. Back in the 60's and 70's alot of feed went thru that plant to supply the local broiler chicken farms. Another piece of the past
disappears.

On a different note- a new visitor to Lewiston Jct. this morning--
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby NHV 669 » Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:26 am

Quite the ugly duckling, but interesting to see 6 axles on this line.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby S1f3432 » Sun Feb 26, 2017 7:08 pm

It's interesting in that back in CN days six axle power was prohibited east of Richmond but after the sale
to Emmons it didn't matter.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby MEC407 » Sun Feb 26, 2017 10:06 pm

That's true, and I'm nearly certain that I once saw a photo or a video of a CN SD70-sometihng that ran through all the way to Auburn during the Emmons days. I'm not sure how common that was, but apparently it happened at least once.

Also, I just have to say that SLR was a really fun railroad to observe in those days, with very interesting power:

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=556

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=771
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby Mikejf » Mon Feb 27, 2017 5:37 am

I think the 6 axle power happened more than once. They were running the container/pig train with run through power from CN.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby gokeefe » Mon Feb 27, 2017 5:26 pm

I had no idea they were running passenger excursions in the late 90s. very interesting.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby MEC407 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:15 pm

Yup. Plus the cool but ill-fated ski trains.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby S1f3432 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:50 pm

I think that I remember seeing a youtube video someone posted showing a meet at Berlin with some of the big CN units-
I missed seeing some of that because there was an 8-10 year period after I left MEC that I didn't do much railfanning,
coupled with periodic lengthy stints out of state for work. I've started to scan some of my slide collection but haven't
made much of a dent in it yet. Something a little more recent is this IC SD40 that made a few trips on 393/4 in April
2005- someone commenting that it may have been repaying some horsepower-hours.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby 690 » Tue Feb 28, 2017 1:27 pm

Mikejf wrote:I think the 6 axle power happened more than once. They were running the container/pig train with run through power from CN.


It happened often enough that they weren't unusual to see on those trains. Generally speaking, they usually ran with SD70I/SD75Is (the radial trucks helped a lot on some of the sharp curves), but I seem to recall seeing at least a couple SD40-2Ws, and a Conrail SD40-2 came down once.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby Fritz » Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:49 pm

Hello,
On our way home from old Quebec, we stopped at La Vieille Gare du Richmond restaurant in the old GT station in Richmond, Quebec.

While we were there, a single locomotive was putting together tonight's 394 together. It looked to be a short train.

The SLQ westbound 393 arrived at 1449 with GP40-3 3803, QG GP40 3105, GP40-2 3007, GP40-2 3047 (I think or it may have been 3035), and 80 cars of mixed freight.

By the time that we left at 1557, three of the four locomotives had coupled onto the cars for tonight's eastbound 394, and the QG 3105 was working the west end of the yard.

By the way, I noted the discussion about six axles on the SLR, and IC SD40U 6002 was used during late February-early April 2005. It was my understanding that SLR "borrowed" this locomotive to move trains while they were having "teething problems" with the GP40-3/road slug sets. They also "borrowed" at least a couple GP40-2Ws (9402 and 9461).

Have a great weekend,
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby Fritz » Fri Mar 10, 2017 10:49 am

Hello,
On this relatively cold morning, SLQ westbound 393 departed Island Pond at 0914 with the following:

QG GP40 3102
GP40-3 3803
GP40-2 3047
13 centerbeam flats
3 NaClO3 hoppers
21 boxcars/hi-cube boxcars
12 tank cars
25 propane cars

That's 74 cars total, including 10 loads and 64 empties. There were quite a few loaded (9) and empty (12) boxcars, including several NS/SOU cars. Not sure what they brought east on the SLR or where they unloaded.

Have a great weekend,
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby gokeefe » Fri Mar 10, 2017 10:52 am

Interesting traffic mix. Thanks for the update. It is very helpful to know what's going on with SLR as they are so easily forgotten otherwise.
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Re: St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (SLR/SLQ)

Postby Fritz » Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:43 pm

Hello,
I swung through Island Pond and followed the SLR east to Groveton on my way to a meeting in Lancaster.

I surprised to see the SLQ westbound 393 parked on the siding (they don't usually run westbound on Thursday but I wonder if trains might have been cancelled earlier in the week on account of the typical March weather). I couldn't wait for them to depart but they had:

GP40-3 3803
GP40 3004
GP40-3 3805
RM-1 805
And approximately 60-70 cars

SLR 22, the plow, was still parked on the "House Track" by the shops and office, so it hadn't been used since the "big storm". However, it did look like they had cleared the line to the east, possibly with a regulator plow.

8 ex-CN SLR ballast hoppers are still parked on the siding at DuBois in East Brighton.

SLR 20, a flat car loaded with stick rail, was spotted on the lead to the NHCR in Groveton. Given the location, I am guessing that it is inbound for NHCR use, but that is only a guess. Nothing was moving on either of the NHCR lines (North Stratford and Groveton).
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